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The Wiggles
TheWigglesAlbum
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Released

July 11, 1991

Recorded

January - February 1991

Genre

Children's music

Length

34:41

Next album

Here Comes A Song (1992)

"The Wiggles" is the debut album of The Wiggles which was released on July 11, 1991 by ABC Music. This is the only album that has Phillip. It is dedicated to Paul Field's daughter, Bernadette. The Wiggles was the first album. It featured Phillip who was named the fifth wiggle, but shortly after the album was released Wilcher was forced to quit the band.

History

Background and development

In 1991, while working with the early childhood music department at Macquarie University, Phillip Wilcher met musician and former member of the Australian rock group The CockroachesAnthony Field, who was studying child development. According to Wilcher, Field asked him to join The Wiggles, which would become "Australia's foremost children's entertainment act", and to help them produce the album. The album was dedicated to the memory of Paul Field's infant daughter, Bernadette, who had died of SIDS in 1988. Wilcher financed and "contributed the most musically to the debut album", composing 75% of the music. Like a university assignment, they produced a folder of essays that explained the educational value of each song on the album. They needed a keyboardist "to bolster the rock-n-roll feel of the project", so Field asked his old band mate Fatt, for his assistance in what they thought would be a temporary project. Recording sessions were held at Wilcher's home, and the album cost approximately A$4,000 to produce. The group reworked a few Cockroaches tunes to better fit the genre of children's music; for example, according to Field, a Cockroaches song he wrote, "Mr. Wiggles Back in Town" became "Get Ready to Wiggle" and inspired the band's name because they thought that wiggling described the way children dance. There was also a piece by Phillip Wilcher, "Summer Dance", that appeared on the album, as "Archie's Theme".

Tracklist

  1. "Get Ready to Wiggle" - (J Field*/M Cook/J Fatt/G Page) - 1:54
  2. "Rock-a-Bye Your Bear" - (G Page/A Field) - 1:46
  3. "Dorothy the Dinosaur" - (M Cook/J Field*) - 2:21
  4. "Mischief the Monkey" - (P Wilcher) - 0:42
  5. "Lavenders Blue" - (Trad/Arr: The Wiggles) - 1:29
  6. "Glub Glub Train (Spoken)" - (A. Field) - 0:16
  7. "Archie's Theme" - (P Wilcher) - 0:19
  8. "Montezuma" - (Trad/Arr: The Wiggles) - 0:29
  9. "Archie's Theme (Reprise)" - (P Wilcher) - 0:19
  10. "Ducky Ducky (Spoken)" - (G Page/A Field) - 0:13
  11. "A Froggy He Would A-Wooing Go" - (Trad/Arr: The Wiggles) - 3:36
  12. "Maranoa Lullaby" - (Trad/Arr: The Wiggles) - 2:02
  13. "Stars (Spoken)" - (A Field/P Wilcher) - 0:08
  14. "Star Lullaby" - (Trad/Arr: The Wiggles) - 2:02
  15. "Okki Tokki Unga" - (Trad/Arr: The Wiggles) - 1:53
  16. "O Epoe Tooki Tooki" - (Trad/Arr: The Wiggles) 1:34
  17. "Vini Vini" - (Trad/Arr: The Wiggles) - 0:58
  18. "Spot the Dalmatian" - (J Field/A Field) - 2:22
  19. "Johnny Works With One Hammer" - (Trad/Arr: The Wiggles) - 0:48
  20. "The Man On The Moon (Spoken)" - (P Wilcher) - 0:18
  21. "This Old Man" - (Trad/Arr: The Wiggles) - 2:31
  22. "Suo Gan" - (Trad/Arr: The Wiggles) - 1:43
  23. "Wind (Spoken)" - (A Field) - 0:14
  24. "Joseph John's Lullaby" - (Brahms/P Wilcher/Arr: P Wilcher) - 1:14
  25. "Desert Dreaming (Spoken)" - (A Field/P Wilcher) - 1:49
  26. "Get Ready to Wiggle (Reprise)" - (J Field*/M Cook/J Fatt/G Page) - 1:54

Personnel

  • Lead Vocals & Hand Claps - Gregory Page
  • Additional Vocals - Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Phillip Wilcher
  • Spoken Vocals - Murray Cook, Anthony Field, Gregory Page, Phillip Wilcher
  • Bass, Water Bubble Sounds & Electric Guitar - Murray Cook
  • Piano - Phillip Wilcher
  • Snoring, Organ, Emax, Accordion & Sequencing - Jeff Fatt
  • Tin Whistle & Didgeridoo - Anthony Field
  • Acoustic Guitar - Murray Cook, Gregory Page

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